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Caution ahead: Coding of right heart caths (RHC) with a biopsy

May 2, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

At AAPC’s annual Healthcon conference in Orlando, Florida, Dr. David Zielske (also known as Dr. Z) had a session on Interventional Radiology, Cardiology and Vascular Surgery coding. As you can […]

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Unspecified codes: Looking for patterns in denials

April 27, 2018 / By Kimberly Lodge, RHIT, CCS

During the first 12 months of ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was lenient with ICD-10 coding specificity to allow providers to become accustomed to the new […]

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A final HIMagine That: Looking back…and ahead

Jan. 15, 2018 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Donna Smith, RHIA

Donna: Sue, do you remember when we started our blog back in 2012? Didn’t the idea present itself at a conference we were attending? Sue: Yes, it did! We were […]

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A coder’s resolution in the New Year

Jan. 12, 2018 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

The ball dropped, we tossed out our old calendars, and many of us made the traditional promises to ourselves in the New Year. Whether it’s trimming off those few extra […]

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Optimizing CAC outcomes: What are you training for?

Nov. 6, 2017 / By Jason Mark

Our team’s last post introduced a metric we call “Coder Variability.” As a quick recap, it is an attempt to measure how much variation there is among coders at a facility. […]

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Be good to yourself

Sept. 27, 2017 / By Kelly Long, BS, CPC, CPCO, CAPM

I have been told since the start of my coding career (21 years gasp!), that there are no coding emergencies. That it won’t “hurt” to wait until the next day […]

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Are you prepared for the solar eclipse…injury coding?

Aug. 18, 2017 / By Lisa Lanier

Are you ready for Monday’s solar eclipse? Are you in the path of totality? What time does it start in your area? Do you have your solar viewing glasses? What […]

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More questions than answers

Aug. 2, 2017 / By Jason Mark

One of the things I most enjoy about the team I work with is that we get to ask a lot of questions and then we try to figure out […]

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Coding with modifiers, part 3: Modifier 59 made easy

July 14, 2017 / By Rebecca Bailey

Modifiers help tell the story of what the provider did or didn’t do, but too often we get confused when to use the right ones; I like to call it “Modifier Madness.” Just when you think you have it figured out, you find some new information that makes you second guess how you have been using it! I am no different than anyone else, and I love learning, so I thought let’s tackle this thing together[…]

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Changes to CPT coding for sedation

May 8, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

The CPT changes for 2017 brought a surprise, at least for me. You may have noticed a trend over the last several years of consolidation within the codeset. When two […]

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HIMagine That: Coding in Canada

March 10, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Donna Smith, RHIA

Donna: Eh Sue. What did you think of our experience in Canada reviewing charts for accurate coding? Sue: I would say that they have a similar challenge to ours in […]

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Why we should applaud the end of the ICD-10 grace period

Sept. 14, 2016 / By Rhonda Butler

Beginning October 1, the grace period ends for Medicare part B ICD-10 diagnosis coding. For those of you who heard the news but not the details, here is a quick […]